Death toll rises to 6 in midair collision of floatplanes carrying cruise ship passengers in Alaska

  • Source: CNN
  • Published: 05/15/2019 12:00 AM

Six people are dead after two floatplanes carrying cruise ship passengers collided in flight near Ketchikan, Alaska, on Monday, the US Coast Guard said. The Alaska State Troopers identified the deceased passengers as Simon Bodie, 56, of Tempe, New South Wales, Australia; Cassandra Webb, 62, of St. Louis, Missouri; Ryan Wilk, 39, of Utah; Louis Botha, 46, of San Diego, California; and Elsa Wilk, 37, of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Randy Sullivan, a 46-year-old pilot from Ketchikan also died. The Coast Guard, which is leading the investigation, said 10 people were rescued following the collision between a Beaver floatplane and an Otter floatplane. The Coast Guard had initially announced the death of four people on Monday, as authorities searched for two others who were missing. The bodies of the missing individuals were located Tuesday night, raising the death toll to six, the Coast Guard said. Floatplanes are aircrafts with pontoons or floats that allow them to land on water. The passengers on both planes were guests on a Princess Cruises ship -- the Royal Princess -- which is on a seven-day trip. There were 14 Americans, one Canadian and one Australian on board the two planes, according to the Coast Guard.


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